Best Scuba Diving Spots in Japan


Scuba diver ©SteelCityHobbies/Flickr

Since Japan is located on a large group of islands, it is surrounded by water: like the Sea of Japan, East China Sea, Sea of Okhotsk, Korea Strait and the Pacific Ocean. The wildlife of these seas is very unique and diverse. If we consider the fact that more than 3000 types of fish live in Japanese waters (for example red sea bream, goblin shark, frilled shark, mudskippers, etc). As an interesting fact, we cam mention that the world’s northernmost coral reef is located at the coasts of Tsushima Islands.

Scuba diving is an extremely popular and interesting sport. It is not only healthy to swim in the water, but you can see the breathtaking world of the sea as well. Some places of the Japanese coasts are excellent points for scuba diving.

Ryukyu Islands

Yonaguni island

Coast of Yonaguni Island ©Kzaral/Flickr

Ryukyu (or Nansei) Islands are formed by volcanic eruptions and they are stretching from Taiwan to Kyushu. It consists of the following groups of islands: Osumi, Tokara, Okinawa, Sakishima and Amami. The weather of these islands is subtropical, with extremely hot summers and frequent typhoons. As the climate is warm, Ryukyu Islands are very good spots for scuba diving.

Yonaguni, the Southernmost Ryukyu Island seems to be the best diving spot of the area. It is still question whether the unique rock formation under the water is made by man or by nature. The triangular, star-shaped, pillar and wall shaped rocks can easily impress every scuba diver. Yonaguni Monument is also called Yonaguni Island Submarine Topography.


Sofu Iwa


Scuba diver exploring the underwater world ©SteelCityHobbies/Flickr

Sofu Iwa is a volcanic island and it belongs to the Izu Archipelago. This ‘island’ is a basalt pillar and it was discovered in 1788. As the sailors who discovered it were religious, they associated the island with Lot’s Wife, who was turned into stone.

The 99 meter high pillar/island is located in the Pacific Ocean and 999 meters of it are under the water. It is surprising that such a stone is located in the middle of nowhere. This place is quite difficult to reach, but once you are there, you will be amazed by it as well.


Bonin Islands

Bonin islands

Amazing sights under the water at Bonin Islands ©yuichi0613/Flickr

Bonin (or Ogasawara) Islands consist of 30 small tropical islands. Only one of these beautiful islands is inhabited, namely Chichi-Jima. Bonin Islands are located at a distance of 1000 from the capital, these lands were never connected to the continent and that’s why a unique evolution emerged here. It is called ‘The Galapagos of the Orient‘.

Nowadays it is a paradise for both Japanese and overseas tourists. The cleanliness of the water and the uniquely evolved animals make Bonin Islands a very good scuba diving spot. If you happen to visit one of these islands, do not hesitate to take a look under the water!

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